May 26, 2016

Retread Ted Ditches Toxic Terry

Ted Strickland really can’t catch a break on the fundraising front.

One of the perks of being a career politician and D.C insider like Retread Ted is supposed to be easy access to donors’ dough, but Strickland’s lackluster campaign has been plagued by cashflow woes since day one, when an embarrassingly leaked fundraising memo revealed he was far behind target. He’s struggled to meet lowered expectations ever since.

The latest blow to Strickland’s campaign cash chase came Wednesday night, when The Columbus Dispatch reported:

A June 2 fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ted Strickland will occur without its star attraction – Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who faces a federal investigation related to campaign donations.

The event, hosted by former Ohio House Rep. John Patrick Carney in Clintonville, had been long scheduled.

In a statement, David Bergstein, a spokesman for Strickland, said simply: “Governor McAuliffe will no longer be attending this event.”  

McAuliffe, a longtime Clinton crony, is facing an open F.B.I. investigation into his campaign fundraising and personal finances that threatens to ensnare the Clinton Foundation too.

A full 12 hours after the news broke, McAuliffe claimed it was all his idea to skip the fundraiser he was supposed to be headlining:

He told reporters he would reschedule “in a month or two.” Excuse us if we don’t hold our breath.

Based on McAuliffe’s track record in the past 48 hours alone, that story will likely change three or four times before the day is over.